“What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good.” Aristotle, 322 BCE, Athens
As with every morning in the 21-Day Challenge, please complete your Morning Purpose Ritual, and re-write your purpose statement.
Being and Talents Exercise
The final exercise of this module is the Being and Talents Exercise, taking your awareness of your deepest truth further by seeking input from your family, friends, colleagues and community. It’s important to start with the personal awareness of who you are, the awareness you generated from within yourself (from Day 1 & 2). It is just as important to allow the people that know you well to offer their reflections, as often they see elements of your Being and Talents that you might be missing.
This input is crucial in the continued evolution of your purpose statement, as it orients you to always be on the look out for new clues to your purpose in the world. Each relationship and context (social, work, creative, spiritual) will continue to reveal new information about your purpose to elevate and deepen your purpose throughout your life. So let’s begin this process and open to the clues and wisdom from the world. But first a note on...
A Special Kind of Resistance - The Image Consultant
The Image Consultant just wants you to look good, and sending emails asking people to help you with your purpose course, might activate the Image Consultant. The image Consultant wants everyone to think you've got it all figured out (you don't, none of us do!), that you don't need anyone's help, that everything is great as it is. Just like with the Critic, it's important to welcome the Image Consultant, listen to it, thank it and then move into action, and reach out.
Being and Talents Exercise
This exercise requires sending 10 emails to people who know you well, ideally from diverse areas and times of your life, as the greater the diversity of these people’s perspectives, the more rich the data you’ll get from them. Pick a couple people from each context of your life, e.g. grade school, high-school, old room-mates, ex- romantic partners, coworkers, current friends, family members, etc.
In this email you’ll ask them 3 questions about who you are as a person. But first, you’ll need to set up the questions, introducing the context of the 21-Day Purpose Challenge and why you need their help. It could go something like this;
“Hi Sally, It’s been a long time and I know we are way overdue for a catch-up, but I was hoping to ask your help completing an exercise in a course I’m taking. I’m doing the 21-Day Purpose Challenge, a free purpose discovery / refresh program (details here: http://planetpurpose.org), and this current exercise requires I reach out to people who know me well and ask them 3 short questions. Please answer these three questions and reply to me via email by xxxx-day (2 days from the day you sent the email), as your reply will greatly inform my purpose discovery process in the course."
"Thank you in advance for supporting me, as this exercise will help me understand more deeply my passions, gifts and qualities, so I can make more purpose-driven, and rewarding choices that will create an awesome life and planet for us all. Please don’t spend too much time on this; all I need is a few words or phrases for each. Feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. My three questions for you are:
Once you start receiving these replies, create a new page in your journal for distilling the essence of this intelligence. From their responses, copy the phrases that most resonated and felt truthful or inspiring, into your journal. Please review these page as you re-write your purpose statement each morning.
Congratulations! You have earned mastery in this first module!